Updates on the psycho-social support services for women groups in the marginalized areas of Gaza Strip.

1 (3)Caritas team started the psychosocial sessions with women in four areas (Khozaa, Faraheen, Mawasi and Sawarha) in which each area included four groups and each group consisted of app. 25 women.

The psychologist started with the subjects according to the plan that was written and revised by the consultant.

The first topic was about “Acquaintance and Confidence building”:

Goals:

  • Ice breaking among the participants.
  • Giving the chance for participants to express their feelings through games.

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Update on the psycho-social support services for women and children in the marginalized areas of the Gaza Strip

Nov1.jpgIn October 2017, Caritas team implemented several visits to the eleven CBO’s to plan for the next step which is to empower the women in the targeted marginalized areas, especially for those who live in the targeted areas of intervention and are desperately in need of the psychosocial support that Caritas Jerusalem offers.

Caritas team explained and discussed the Agenda and the activities with the CBO’s to reach out to the neediest according to the criteria while respecting their privacy, culture and traditions.

The psychologist will work with four groups in each area and each group will take four sessions according to the charter which is written by Caritas consultant, taking in consideration the time of activities for each subject.

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Update on the Medical intervention services for vulnerable groups in the Gaza Strip

Primary health care services for sick children:

Caritas medical outreach team has provided services to 1613 children under 12 years old since the start of the project in October 2016.

Children in the outreach areas are more vulnerable to common diseases than other children in the Gaza Strip, this is caused mainly by the environmental effects of life in the marginalized areas. One particular challenge is access to clean water. Gaza strip relies heavily on the underground aquifer which has been depleted over the years. Also in many areas, including the outreach areas Caritas operates in, the aquifer is contaminated and not suitable for human use. Through the project, the medical outreach team treats many children suffering from infections related to contaminated waters, for example, abdominal pain, intestinal infections, and other types of diseases. Also, as part of the nutritional awareness sessions, Caritas nutritionist instructs parents on how to insure that the water supply at the household is clean and safe for use of children.

Antenatal health care to pregnant women:

Caritas medical outreach team has provided antenatal healthcare services to a total of 829 pregnant women since the start of the project in October 2016.

Through the project, Caritas Jerusalem will provide pregnant women with high quality services they usually don’t get at free medical service providers i.e. government or UNRWA. The services include periodical ultrasound scans for mothers, regular follow up with Caritas gynecologist, and in case of infections, the required antibiotics and treatment will be provided all free of charge. In addition, as value added service, nutritional awareness sessions will be provided for all mothers in the program. Through the sessions,  Caritas nutritionist will introduce special diets for the pregnant women and will teach the women how to care for their newborns once they deliver.

So far, by the end of May 2017, 217 women have already given birth and have received their baby layettes. More women are expected to give birth in the upcoming months.

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